First off, let me say that the attention I've been getting over this blog being featured in "Model Aviation" magazine has been staggering!
The picture above shows a "World View" of the most recent hits to this blog (double click to enlarge it slightly).
Pretty wild huh!?! :-)
Anyways, thank you to all of you who have been emailing me with such nice words. I'm grateful! And, a special thanks to Jay Smith, the assistant editor from "Model Aviation" who wrote it. Thanks for featuring a "normal guy" like me in such a stellar magazine!
Ok - now on to the hinges!
Since I first got into this hobby I've been frustrated trying to cut perfect hinge lines. I was told when I got into this to just "eye it up" with an exacto knife & that was good enough. :-( The results however... were not good enough. Lots of gaps (bad for flight) and ugly too!
I was in a "Michael's" craft store getting a matte made for a frame... when I realized that those matte's are made with a 45 degree cut! :-) Hhhmmm... now I wonder what tool they were using to do that! :-) A quick search online FOUND ME a slew of devices! :-) The cheapest was this. I bought mine for under $20 at MisterArt.com but it can also be purchased at other places like dickblick.com
Its not "cheap" - but, it does an excellent job! I've been using it ever since - and making NICE hinges! :-)
(Double click the picture to enlarge it)
The rc hobby industry has caught on to this idea & is making similar tools now. I've not tried any of them as I already have the tool above - but, of the ones I've read about - this one is the cheapest (as of this post anyways). It is available from lightflite.com for only $12 (scroll down the page to find it).
Hope this helps!